Aquaculture Program

Economics & Marketing

Fish from pilot production trials are sold to wholesale and retail establishments on the eastern US seaboard to identify high-value niche markets and to determine premium market demand (price-quantity relationships) for cultured product. Based on these data, profitability of commercial-scale marine finfish aquaculture using RAS technology is evaluated and economic models developed to identify critical areas for research and to aid potential investors. If warranted, commercial demonstration ("learn by doing") projects are implemented in direct cooperation with selected commercial practitioners to provide a firm technical and marketing foundation for expanded commercial production.